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Home Security in Middletown, CT

Overview

Welcome to Alarm New England's business and home security page for Middletown, Connecticut This informational page provides important crime data along with additional information for those living in or considering moving to Middletown.

Population: 27,891
County: Middlesex
ZIP Codes: 06023, 06450, 06455, 06457, 06459

Middletown Home Security Facts

The crime rate in Middletown is higher than the average across all towns and communities of all sizes in the US. The crime rate in the town is 21 crimes for every one thousand residents, which makes a person have a 1 in 47 chance of becoming the victim of crime in the town.

In comparison with other communities and towns in Connecticut, the crime rate in Middletown is higher than 83% of the state’s town and cities of all sizes. When Middletown is compared with similar sized towns in the US, however, the crime rate in the town is about average for all similar sized towns.

The rate of occurrence of violent crime in the town is 2 violent crimes for every one thousand residents which is about the average for all the towns and communities of all population sizes in the US. The violent crimes include armed robbery, aggravated assault, non-statutory rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter. A person in the town has a 1 in 655 chance of becoming the victim of a violent crime.

The rate at which property crimes occur in Middletown is 20 for every one thousand people, which translates to an above average chance of becoming a victim of property crime when compared to other towns and communities of all population sizes in the US. As a result, one out of every twenty people has a chance of becoming a victim of motor vehicle theft, arson, burglary and larceny in Middletown.

History of Middletown

The area that is now Middletown was inhabited by Native Americans called Mattabeseck and so the area was called Mattabeseck. In 1650, it was incorporated as a town with the same name. When the first settlers arrived in the region from Europe, the Mattasebeck people were part of the tribes that lived in the Connecticut Valley area, under the leadership of a single chief called Sowheag.

The name of the town was changed to Middletown in 1653 and the town was included into Hartford County when the county was created in May 1666. The central settlement in the town was incorporated as a city in 1784, distinct from the town, and both became included in Middlesex County in May 1785. The city of Middletown was consolidated in 1923.

In the 18th century, the town of Middletown was the largest and most prosperous settlement in the entire Connecticut. During the American Revolutionary War, Middletown had a thriving sailing port and one-third of the residents were involved in maritime and merchant activities.

During the War of 1812, Middletown was a major center for the manufacture of firearms supplied to the US government, particularly pistols.

Part of the early economy of the town was slavery as slaves were brought from Barbados to the town in 1661. In 1756, the town had the third largest African slave population in Connecticut.

The town was the county seat of Middlesex County from 1785 to 1960 and is nicknamed Forest City.

Interesting Facts About Middletown

  • The Richard Alsop House on High Street is a classic example of Greek Revival and Italianate architecture. The building was completed in 1839 and serves as the Davison Arts Center of the Wesleyan University. The house was added to the US National Register of Historic Places in October 1970 and the US National Historic Landmark in January 2009.
  • The Arrawanna Bridge over Coginchaug River is one of the earliest examples of an open-spandrel concrete arch bridge in Connecticut. It is also one of the oldest bridges in the state. It was built in 1918 but is now closed to all traffic. The bridge was added to the US National Register of Historic Places in September 2004.
  • The Middletown Alms House on Warwick Street used to be a poorhouse. It was built in 1813 - 1814 to house the poor in Connecticut and is one of the oldest surviving poorhouses in Connecticut and the US. It is also one of the largest Federal architectural structures in Middletown. In April 1982, the house was added to the US National Register of Historic Places.
  • The Nehemiah Hubbard House in Middletown was built in 1745 as a center-chimney colonial architectural style house. The house was added to the US National Register of Historic Places in May 1982.
  • The Jacob Pledger House on Newfield Street is one of the five surviving Federal architectural style houses in Middletown. It was built in 1803 and was listed on the US National Register of Historic Places in March 1982.

Notable Residents

Anthony Fantano, the American music critic and journalist popular for creating The Needle Drop, lives in Middletown.

Major General Maurice Rose, the US Army General and highest-ranking American killed by enemy fire during WWII, was born in Middletown in November 1899. He was a recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross, amongst other awards.

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